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The Movements that Made The Rebellion – The Rebel’s Rack Revisited

As Baseball Rebellion/Softball Rebellion has grown, we have decided to be more open with the “HOW” of our process instead of just the results.  This, for years, was not the case at BR/SR, as we wouldn’t even let clients film the movement progressions we do with hitters.continue reading

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The Effectiveness of Stretching: What Type? When? How Much?

If you go to any baseball game at any level, there is some form of pre-game body routine that is meant to prepare the athletes for maximal performance. My goal in writing this post is to help you think critically about the design of your warmup and to give some easy, common-sense principles that can help you decide how to best prepare your body for action.… continue reading

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The Expertise Assumption: Where Private Coaches Fail their Most Talented Clients

When an 8 year old walks into Baseball Rebellion for a hitting or throwing evaluation, the process is simple and the same every single time.  First, we let the player warm themselves up how they ‘normally do’, then they are evaluated in their skill.… continue reading

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How to Increase Exit Velocity: Learn First, Then Load

EXIT VELOCITY is quite the buzz-worthy topic these days.  Just as pitchers have gone through the unrelenting quest to increase their throwing velocity, hitters are doing the same thing with bat speed and batted ball exit velocity.  These revolutions are happening for good reason…more velocity on the mound or in the batter’s box gives a player more chances to be successful.… continue reading

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The Stages of Learning with the Pitching Rebellion

Having graduated with a Human Development degree from Boston College,  I sometimes try to find better ways I  can get across to my players when teaching movement patterns. I recently thought about how I can incorporate The Stages of Learning in my instruction to shed light on the process it takes in learning a new task or skill.… continue reading

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How to Help Cure Pop-Ups

All too often you see a hitter pop a ball up to the infield or in foul territory and hear one or both of these reactions from uninformed coaches and parents:

“Stop dropping your back shoulder”

or

“Get on top of the ball”

Counterintuitively, to limit pop-ups and have elite swing mechanics you need to be doing the opposite of these coaching cues.… continue reading

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Placebo Effect, Positive Framing, and The Ability to Effectively Impact Your Players

Is Placebo Effect Real?

At some point, most of us have experienced or at least heard of the Placebo Effect. For those of you who haven’t, the placebo effect is when a positive response is seen after receiving an inactive intervention.… continue reading

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The Case for In-Season Instruction

Disclaimer:  This article is somewhat self-serving and biased as I am a private instruction coach…and Baseball Rebellion/Softball Rebellion is an instructional company…but there is a tremendous value in continuing lessons during the season to make sure your movements stay sharp and to maximize the return on the time and financial investment in a player’s swing or pitching delivery.continue reading

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FREE DRILL GIVEAWAY! Arm Swing Separation Drill With Band Resistance

#ThirtySecondLesson

This past week I tweeted a quick drill without going too far in depth into why we do the drill and what it is for. I use this drill for pitchers and position players of all ages every day in my lessons.… continue reading

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BR Client Adam Parzych Wins the 2017 National Power Showcase!

Hey everyone!  In this article I’m going to recap an amazing weekend I had in Dallas, TX watching the 2017 National Power Showcase at Globe Life Park in Arlington which ended in a win for one of my very first Baseball Rebellion clients here in Tallahassee, Florida.… continue reading